French filmmaker Éric Rohmer directed an eccentric adaptation titled Perceval le Gallois in 1978. please confirm that you agree to abide by our usage policies. Chrétien left the poem unfinished, but the extraordinary and intriguing theme of the Grail was too good to leave, and other poets continued and eventually completed it. It is a remarkable document in many ways. Probably written between 1135 and 1190, it is dedicated to Chrétien's patron Philip, Count of Flanders. Peter Wickham, By: Gerbert de Montreuil, whose poem is by far the most inspired and methodical continuation of Chrétien’s themes, shows by his handling of the broken sword motif that he was acutely aware of how much remained to be done before Perceval was fully worthy to know the secrets of the grail and the lance. Richard Wagner based his famous opera Parsifal on Parzival. Giovanni Boccaccio, Narrated by: World Heritage Encyclopedia™ is a registered trademark of the World Public Library Association, a non-profit organization. Read with warmth and engagement by Mike Rogers. Despite his mother's objections, the boy heads to King Arthur's court, where a young girl predicts greatness for him. Gerbert's Continuation added 17,000 lines. The translation by WW Comfort is in prose and includes four of the surviving tales (minus the unfinished tale of Perceval). The year is 1912 and an oblivious world is on the brink of war. Dorsey Armstrong, By: This is an excellent choice for anyone interested in the Matter of Britain. J. R. R. Tolkien, Narrated by: Well written & clearly translated & honestly narrated. Iliad by more than a millennium. Edmund Spenser. Ten young people have fled the terrible effects of the Black Death in Florence and, in an idyllic setting, tell a series of brilliant stories, by turns humorous, bawdy, tragic and provocative. The Arthurian Romances by Chrétien de Troyes form the wellspring of the legend of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table. Since his father's death, he continually encounters knights and realizes he wants to be one.